It’s Never Too Late to Make a Change in Your Life
Have you ever had the impression that you’ve made too many mistakes? Like the deck is stacked against you and it looks hard to win? Let us assure you, though, that is not always the case.
You may overcome any personal struggle you’re having by making changes with the correct attitude and assistance. This idea is supported by Jamee Valet’s inspirational narrative, which demonstrates that everyone can have hope.
Jamee, a 25-year-old Sweet Home, Oregon resident who is in recovery from heroin and meth addiction, recently gained attention online after posting a number of striking before and after images. Her pictures were shared on The Addict’s Diary, a Facebook community where users are invited to discuss their experiences with recovery.
Jamee describes in her essay how she beat addiction and fully changed her life. “My name is Jamee and I am a recovering heroin and meth addict,” she declares with pride. “These pictures are two years apart,” she continues. When I received my GED a few months ago, I was a much more attractive version of myself! It is possible to recover!
Jamee had difficulties along the way to recovery. She started using drugs at the age of 13 by smoking marijuana, and by the time she was 15, she was taking medicines including Percocets, Vicodin, Oxycodone, and Dilaudid. “I didn’t know limits,” she remembers. I recall puking and continuing to do more after each episode.
Sadly, Jamee was raped twice in one night at the age of 17 after quitting high school. She started abusing heroin and meth as a coping mechanism as a result of this horrific event. She says, “I met up with a guy the day I walked out of the door because I was depressed and traumatized from the rapes.”
Jamee had an absolutely amazing recuperation process. She was initially arrested at the age of 19 for trying to rob a person’s home. Five additional arrests came after this one, and she also made an attempt on her own life while inside. “Suicide was my escape plan my whole life,” she muses. I didn’t have narcotics to numb myself when I was first in jail, so my acts kept coming back to haunt me.
Even though Jamee had setbacks along the way, she has now been sober for a year. In addition, she moved in with her boyfriend, who she got to know while enrolled in a year-long inpatient program. With an eye on the future, Jamee hopes to pursue a career in aesthetics while savoring her recent victory over addiction.
Excellent work, Jamee! You are a living example of how people can persevere through the most trying times. Regardless of how challenging things might seem, there is always hope for better. We hope Jamee has good health, joy, and success in her new path.
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